WES Partners share experiences from 2013 and vision for the New Year!

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As excitement for the New Year sets in, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) looks back at the achievements of the past year and plans for 2014. WES partner organization in Tunisia shared their thoughts on the impact of WES on their organization in 2013 and their vision for the coming year. Below are key takeaways from their WES experience and vision!

WES experience in 2013:

  • The WES program has had a very positive impact on our Association, especially during the time when our NGO was going through a crisis and our supporters had cancelled their membership. Thanks to this program, the WES team has identified new goals for the Association and provided a fresh start to our NGO, which has resulted in recruitment of new members! - Afaf Zaddem, National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan (UNFTK)
  • The WES experience has enabled our organization to become a part of the entrepreneurship space in Tunisia and forge new partnerships with key stakeholders in that community, including chambers of commerce, business incubators and universities. The program has allowed the WES team at AMBM to acquire new skills and share expertise with other entrepreneurs in the community. – Leila Keskes, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity (AMBM)
  • As a partner organization of the WES program, in 2013 we’ve realized the value of strategic planning. As a result of the WES experience, our staff is fully aware of the organization’s mission and committed to achieving our goals. – Sonia Mhamdi, Association for the Development of the South of Gafsa, ADGS
  • For TAMSS, the WES program strengthened its objective to provide women in the community with economic and social support. As a WES trainer, I further developed my communication skills, which enabled me to reach out to women from different age groups and business sectors and help them develop their inter-personal skills. – Fathia Jouabria, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS)
  • Through the WES program, our organization was able to connect with new partners, create a database of women entrepreneurs and expand our visibility. We were able to raise 100,000 TND in additional funding for our programs. – Marwa Rdifi, NOOR Association for Human Development (ANDH)
  • Involvement with the WES program has enhanced our organization’s financial stability, allowing us to successfully implement other projects. We have been able to enhance the capacities of women entrepreneurs in our community and improve the skills of our staff in the past year. - Manel Aben, Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC)
  • The WES program has helped us strengthen the capacities of our staff, establishnew partnerships and commit to new programs. Our successful WES trainings have allowed the organization to recover the costs of the new training center. – Ahmed Moslah and Sana Taktak Keskes, Association of Continuity of Generations (ACG)

WES Vision for 2014:

  • In 2014, we look forward to creating a WES participant database complete with information about the WES graduates and their businesses and ambitions. We also hope to develop and promote a mentoring initiative for women entrepreneurs through our WES center. -Afaf Zaddem, National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan (UNFTK)
  • The WES experience will allow us to develop collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs in our community and boost female entrepreneurship in the region of Sfax in 2014. We hope to continue to offer training, support and coaching to women entrepreneurs in the New Year. - Leila Keskes, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity (AMBM)
  • In the New Year, we look forward to strengthening our professional network as an NGO and access to new sources of funding to support women entrepreneurs in the community. – Sonia Mhamdi, Association for the Development of the South of Gafsa, (ADGS)
  • In the New Year, our organization will reach out to more women in the community and forge new partnerships. We also hope to expand our funding opportunities and improve the quality of our trainings. - Fathia Jouabria, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS)
  • In 2014, we plan to provide WES trainings for women in the rural community, reach a wider target audience, raise additional funds and organize more events for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (WEN). – Marwa Rdifi, NOOR Association for Human Development (ANDH)
  • For next year, we’ll try to realize partnerships with the Ministry of Women Affairs and other donors with the aim of increasing the number of WES participants. We’ll also explore practical and efficient solutions for women in their community to launch businesses and market their products. - Manel Aben, Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC)
  • In 2014, ACG will launch the WES Shop and Business Incubator and WES Club Training Center to further support WES graduates. We also hope to improve our communications skills and make the WES center be increasingly profitable. – Ahmed Moslah and Sana Taktak Keskes, Association of Continuity of Generations

 

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